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Federal (USV)


Henry A. Preston

(c. 1839 - 1872)

Home State: Rhode Island

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery A

Before Antietam

From Providence, he mustered as Private in Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Artillery on 14 August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by "round ball" through his teeth and upper jaw in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Hoffman Farm Hospital in Sharpsburg, and transferred to the Newton University Hospital, Baltimore on 21 September, where he had two broken molars and bits of jaw bone removed. He recovered sufficiently to return to duty on 13 November 1862. He transferred to Battery B on 12 August 1864, and mustered out with them on 12 June 1865 in Providence.

After the War

He was a member of the Kilbourn Post, GAR, in Central Village, CT, and died relatively young at 33 years.

References & notes

Service information from Dyer.1 Wound and hospital details from Nelson2 and the WSHWR.3 His gravesite is on Findagrave.


c. 1839


03/13/1872; burial in Union Cemetery, Moosup, CT


1   Dyer, Elisha, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for the Year 1865 (corrected), 2 Volumes, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1893, Vol. 2, pg. 754  [AotW citation 18672]

2   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 354  [AotW citation 18673]

3   Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Part 1, Vol. II, pg. 364  [AotW citation 18674]